April 2018
Summer exhibit: Franklin Art and Artists

Local talent and local subjects will be on display during the Historical Society's Franklin Art and Artists summer exhibit. Art by people of all ages will be on display, June 2 through September 29. Art may be watercolors, oil, textiles, photography, sculpture, jewelry, computer generated, and more.

Submissions to date include watercolor, oils, pottery, photographs, and computer-generated art.

If you're interested in submitting a piece, there's still time. We'll consider it if the submission is received by April 25. Artists must have a connection to Franklin (a current or past resident or employed in Franklin) or the art must be related to Franklin (scenes of Franklin life or history or a Franklin subject). Please download and use this submission form.

Two pieces from the collection will be showcased during the exhibit. One is an oil painting of the Franklin suspension bridge. The other, shown here, is a recently restored and framed DeNise oil painting that's the oldest known picture of Franklin. Prints will be available of both for purchase.

For information, call (937) 746-8295. 
2018 FAHS Calendar of Events

Sat., April 14, 1 to 2 p.m.: Docent Training, Log Post Office. (See article below.)
Sun., April 22, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: FAHS Trivia fundraiser. Location: JD Legends. Call your most clever friends and put together a winning team! $20 pp. The event is full, but if you are interested in being on a waiting list, please reply to this email.
Saturdays, May thru Sept., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Museums open.
June through Sept: Summer exhibit at the Harding: Franklin Art and Artists
Mon., June 11, 6:30 p.m.: FAHS Annual dinner. Location: Anderson Life Celebration Center. Speaker: Elizabeth Conner, Executive Director, Great Miami Riverway. Cost $25 pp. More details TBA.
Sat., Aug. 11: Yard Sale, Harding Museum. Your donations will be welcome! This is the weekend of the city-wide garage sale.
Sun., Sept. 16: It's Worth How Much? Appraisal Event . Find out whether your family heirlooms are worth a fortune ... or not. Appraisals performed by Lewis and Sons Auctioneers. Location: Deardoff Senior Center. Time TBA. There will be a small charge to have items appraised.
Sat., Nov. 3: Holiday Bazaar, Harding Museum
Mon., Nov. 12: World War I Centennial program
Sat., Dec. 1: Ugly Christmas Sweater reception. Harding Museum. Music, fun, food, and more. Time and details TBA.

Additional events and details will be added.
Two April volunteer opportunities

Docent training April 14: Have you always wanted to show off Franklin's history to Log Post Office visitors? Docents are needed every Saturday from May 5 to Oct. 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A one-hour docent training will be held on Sat., April 14, 1 to 2 p.m. It's your chance to learn how easy and fun it is to volunteer at the Log PO. Please contact Mary Nenninger for more information or to register for the class by calling 937-743-5832 or 513-312-6208 (cell). High school students who need service hours are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.

Museum Cleaning Day April 20: It's time to spruce up the Harding Museum for spring and summer. If you'd love to help, join us on Friday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Bring your favorite cleaning supplies and some elbow grease. Please let Mary Nenninger know if you plan to help.

Historical store has lots of great items

We have a lot of great items in our historical store including 21 ornaments, prints by local artists, FAHS T-shirts, books, and more.

Everything can be ordered using the order form or can be purchased in person. Call (937) 746-8295 to inquire about in-person purchases .

The Work of Franklin Past

Items from Franklin Pottery, the Van Horne Tube Company, Eldridge Entertainment, and many more are on display in "The Work of Franklin Past" in the cases at the Franklin City Building. Visit this display to revisit names from Franklin's manufacturing past.

Many thanks to Bob and Judy Bowman and Mary Nenninger for their work on this display. This display will be up through the summer.

Memorial donations

In memory of: Paul Kent Libecap, who died Jan. 28, 2018, age 87, from Harriet Foley and from Randy and Mary Ann Raymond
(937) 746-8295